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Update: UFC Banned from German TV...Or maybe not?

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been banned from German television. The Bavarian state office for new media (BLM) revoked the promotion’s broadcast clearance on Thursday for programming including “The Ultimate Fighter,” “UFC Unleashed” and “UFC Fight Night,” which had been televised on German sports television channel DSF since March 2009.

“The committee deems that television formats characterized by the extend of violence shown to be unacceptable,“ read a statement from the BLM. The BLM also described the programming as a “breach of taboos like punching a downed opponent,” which is illegal under article 111a of the Bavarian constitution. The paragraph deals with the glorification of violence in the media.

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Post #1   3/20/10 6:55:26PM   

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Please read the article. at first it seemed as though the UFC would be banned in Germany, however, based on comments from people close to the situation it is looking like the UFC will still be able to broadcast for the time being until the matter is officially settled


Thursday’s ban is not going to be in immediate effect, as the channel plans to run a delayed broadcast of “UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones” on Monday.



“The Bavarian state office for new media has approved UFC programming on DSF twice on separate occasions in the past,” said Zelaznik. “That is why we deem the sudden ban unusual as the content of our programming has not changed. We have also had a commission for youth protection in the media review the situation and they deemed the broadcast legal if televised after 11 p.m.”



During additional correspondence with Sherdog.com on Friday, Zelaznik said the UFC is "still allowed to air on DSF and in fact is continuing to air until a final decision from BLM is rendered." A silver lining on the horizon for the promotion, which has been under heavy fire from both media and politicians, is a pledge of allegiance from local co-promoter and concert mogul Marek Lieberberg, who helped host the U.S.-based organization’s debut event, UFC 99, in Cologne last June. The BLM’s decision “will not change a thing about our excellent cooperation with the UFC,” the 63-year-old wrote to Sherdog.com in an e-mail.

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Post #2   3/20/10 6:58:24PM   

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Sucks to be in Germany if that happens

Post #3   3/20/10 9:03:57PM   

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safe to say ufc won't go to germany again

Post #4   3/20/10 10:34:17PM   

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Give up on them for a couple years, Dana.

There are plenty of more worthy countries to foster.

Post #5   3/21/10 10:07:12AM   

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Coming from one of the world capitols of depravity.

Post #6   3/21/10 9:02:25PM